Linda Linham2Common themes in my subjects are the people, places, objects and events that have impacted my life in some way. I like to paint moments in time that can be shared with others. My family and events that have inspired me, often become my subject matter. I strive to complete bodies of works that can tell a complete story. A common theme in my still life painting is objects that have special meaning to my family as I or they grew up. I felt this theme would result in paintings that become family legacies, immortalizing family treasures with their stories to be retold through future generations.

My paintings are in part inspired by the works of Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), Edward Hopper (1882-1967) and Norman Rockwell (1894-1978). I am inspired by these artists for their ability to capture “a moment in time” and communicate through realism of the images to tell the story. Although inspired by works of the past, my paintings can be described as contemporary records of our times.

“Narrative” describes the kind of paintings I do well. The word “narrative” implies that the art tells a story. This is where I find inspiration for my paintings. I strive for my work to stand alone on its aesthetic value, communicate the essence of the story while creating an air of mystery that leaves the work open to viewer interpretation.

Painting in oils, using realism as a technique to communicate my message, I use layers of paint to intensify color and create depth and mood. I work with a limited palette with an emphasis on lights and darks along with observation of close value relationships.

My experience as a creative director, graphic designer and marketing executive gives me an appreciation for the basics of design and a fascination for art as a communicative device.  As a result my paintings tell the viewer a story in a creative and realistic manner.   

My primary goal is to create something that captures a mood or emotion, tells a story and communicates a moment in time that strikes the soul of the viewer. I depict the people and objects realistically and enhance the narrative value with imposed composition. I sometimes view the figures and objects as metaphors for humanity.